The 2016 presidential cycle will get the Hollywood treatment from screenwriter Mark Boal and producer Megan Ellison. They are planning a television series of some 10 hours length that will be financed by Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures company. Hugo Lindgren of The Hollywood Reporter will reportedly assemble a team of investigative journalists to look into the machinations of the recently concluded contest.
Both Boal and Ellison worked on the making of “Zero Dark Thirty,” a Hollywood film that recounted the hunt for Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden. Ellison produced the film and Boal wrote the screenplay. Ellison is also currently producing a film, written by Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow, about the 1967 Detroit riots. Bigelow directed “Hurt Locker,” which gave a perspective on the war in Iraq.
Boal is a journalist who segued into screenwriting and film production. He has written for Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Salon and Playboy. Boal's 2004 article "Death and Dishonor" was adapted for the film In the Valley of Elah, for which he was co-writer.
Ellison – an Academy Award nominee – has worked on films that include: True Grit, Zero Dark Thirty, The Master, Her, American Hustle, Foxcatcher, The Bad Batch, Everybody Wants Some!!, and 20th Century Women.